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Container Gardening: Diapers for your planters?

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poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


March 27, 2002
11:40 AM

Post #25688

Anyone do this? Put a diaper at the bottom of the planter for moisture retention? Someone posted about it last year. I'm wondering how well it works. I was thinking of giving it a try. DH will really have a reason to make fun of me if I send him out for a box of diapers. -LOL!!
Horseshoe
Efland, NC
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2002
2:11 PM

Post #233138

Howdy poppysue. Yes, I've done that...it works fairly well too! I've also put them in the hole of a fruit tree when planting (I used a generic Pampers disposable and ripped the plastic part off so the diaper would biodegrade). I noticed I didn't have to water the tree as much as the other trees I planted. (Always good to keep newly-planted trees well watered their first yr.)
Reckon your hubby better muster up the nerve and go get ya a box!
Aimee
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2002
4:58 PM

Post #233229

Oh, just let him off the hook and use a roll of paper towels. It's probably a lot cheaper, and will actually work better. I use a lot of cheap toilet tissue when I plant seeds here, to keep the seed moist until they germinate and to make sure delicate roots aren't exposed to air in soil pockets. You can also wad up newspaper, it's great for this purpose. Just crumple it, form it around the roots and stems, wet it and cover it.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 27, 2002
5:07 PM

Post #233237

I can see our methods would be quite different because of the climate differences. Our climate is so wet and cool that we'd surely get mildew from adding such things to the bottom of pots or around seedlings, and the materials just don't break down in the cool soil.

Peat pots are a nightmare around here, because the plants remain root bound within them all season, and if you attempt to re-pot, the roots are imbedded into the pot.

I was watching a TV program in which the gardener added a diaper to the bottom of the pot, and he said a bit of "tinkle" in the diaper was all the better, adding extra nitrogen. If you have no babies at home, it boggles the mind thinking how you would manage that!
Aimee
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2002
5:17 PM

Post #233241

Weez, I think you could add a bit of ammonia to substitute for tinkle.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 27, 2002
5:18 PM

Post #233243

You're no fun, Aimee!
Aimee
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2002
5:20 PM

Post #233245

Well, I try hard! Hey, wee wee in your planted diaper yourself!
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 27, 2002
5:32 PM

Post #233250

Oh, I might...it all "Depends"! (Are we going to get in trouble again?)
Sis

March 27, 2002
5:45 PM

Post #233255

Aww c'mon,ya gotta "Pamper" those babies,lol'''
Aimee
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2002
5:50 PM

Post #233257

Being no fun at all, I will tell you that I refer to the little bowls and such under my potted plants as their diapers, because they are there to catch the drainoff. To me, a real diaper is still gauze or birdseye, and far too expensive to bury in dirt. But I can't keep from laughing at you two, never serious for long.
Sis

March 27, 2002
5:53 PM

Post #233259

Now Aimee,where the...can regular(cloth diapers)even be found anymore???? Birdseye veggies,hmm,lol':)
Aimee
Georgetown, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 27, 2002
5:58 PM

Post #233262

Penney's, and a few of the department stores. They were at Babies R Us, but I think that closed. It's only a matter of time until they will be extinct. I sort of hate to see that. Yeah, Birdseye diapers in the planting row would surely yield Birdseye veggies, wouldn't they? Sis, you ain't right!
Sis

March 27, 2002
6:05 PM

Post #233267

Hey thanks for the "compliment" ya ain't the first ta notice,lol' Since I'll probably be using them by the time our "kids decide to have kids",ha,then they can change my diattys(sp)too,lol''':)
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


March 27, 2002
7:20 PM

Post #233292

Oh, Aimee...I am no match for you today! I'm just visualizing the Jolly Green Giant in a diaper!

Seriously, what about those little sanitary nappies they put under meat in meat trays? Should be able to get a few of those from the butcher at a reasonable price.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

March 27, 2002
7:41 PM

Post #233301

Ladies, ya know what works even BETTER than diapers? Get some sponge sheets, such as used in appliance packing boxes, cut it to make a collar around your plants, and bring it up on the sides of the planting hole. Water it well, fill the hole in with dirt, and it will hold for a LONG time. The roots just grow right thru the sponge! I use this material/system to root cuttings such as roses.
CoCo

March 28, 2002
11:25 AM

Post #233688

I just use a regular sponge to put in the bottom of my pots. Can get a good size package for hardly little of nothing. Wet the sponge and put in the bottom of the pot and then add your soil and as you water;the sponge absorbs the remaining moisture and distributes it evenly throughout the pot. For larger pots you can add as many as you wish;usually 3-4 depending on the size of the pot.
Roselaine
North Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2002
3:15 PM

Post #234122

how about the tyrofoam chips one gets in goods sent from eBay????? that should stop the moisture from running out, don't ya think? Elaine
Sis

March 31, 2002
12:16 PM

Post #234906

Kay what a nifty idea,might try that,thanks'

Haven't tried yours yet CoCo,might give it a go too'

Elaine,I fill my containers 1/3 of styrafoam(sp)only on the bottom to help with drainage plus I use less soil too' The foam however doesn't hold moisture as it isn't porous like a sponge is,sorry' Another thing is always "test the styrafoam"before adding to anything first' Some styrafoam will actually disolve in water''' Sis'

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